Hello again my friends! I pray today finds you blessed and well. This may not be a new saying to you, but I have just recently heard it…
“Today is a good day for a good day!!!”
This is my motto for now. How about for you? Is today going to be a good day? Let’s determine now before the day even gets underway! I will find joy in the things today brings. Even in the routine things that we can do mindlessly. Let’s determine to give today to God. After all “Today is the day the Lord has made”.
I want to pick back up where I left off 2 weeks ago. 1 Samuel 17
If you haven’t read it, I encourage you, if you have your bible handy, to do it now. Pray that God will light up any bits that you need to hear and know.
Remember I talked about David and Goliath and all the things that took place before David even went face to face with the giant…
*The enemy stood taunting Gods people.
*David brings some faith to the battle ground in his “who does this guy think he is” attitude.
*David’s brothers are doubtful and try to discourage him from getting involved.
Now I’ll pick back up in verse 32-37. David steps up to the challenge without reasoning or over thinking it. God has been preparing him for this battle through the small trials he’s already faced. He protected his sheep from huge animals, like lions and bears. He killed them with his bare hands! His faith was strong!
The small victories in our lives are to be celebrated not just shoved in the corner of our heart. These build confidence in our faith. Starting with faith of a mustard seed, it will eventually turn into a full fledge mustard fight! I can just picture it… yellow everywhere… all over me, my family, my job… EVERYWHERE! Think about mustard for a second. What does it look like? What does it smell like? What does it taste like? Its very bright! It’s strong and it’s very potent! This is what my faith looks like?…
Verse 38-39. Saul gives David his armor but it doesn’t fit him and he takes it off.
What God uses to fight one persons battle will probably not be what he uses for mine! We can not try to imitate successful victories in our friends past or even our own. We all know by now, that is not how God works. He loves to amaze us. Stay strong and be of good courage! Your victory is around the corner!
Verse 41-44. Goliath teases David, reminding him who he is in himself. He also reminds him of his age.
People may distract you from what you’re believing for and they may not even know they are doing it. It doesn’t matter if your young or old, new to the faith or grew up in church, stay the course. Hebrews 12:1-2.
Verse 45-47. David speaks out loud in faith
This is for the good of himself and the Israelites. He uses God’s name, His powerful name.
We believe what we hear. When we say it out of our own mouth it’s closer to our own ears, so it makes it to our hearts faster… Try it! Say it out loud. You may feel silly the first few times, but once you feel the peace and your faith growing, it’ll not only become a habit but a life line. I know I’m going to do it more often!!!
Verse 48. “As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.”
“Quickly” act. No reasoning. In my notebook I also wrote, No crying. That seems harsh but sometimes the initial pity party that takes place lasts way too long! Take a breath, pick up your feet and start running. (I totally need to hear that this morning) Get done what needs to be done.
Verse 50-51. “David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.”
Triumph=victory. Praise the Lord! Victory will come!!!
Verse 51. The enemy runs in fear!!!
Yes they do! With the Holy Spirit on our side we are a force to be reckoned with. I said it last time and I’ll say it again… We have the same power in us that raised Jesus from the dead!!! Now that’s a confidence builder!
Verse 52. Israel rejoiced and rushed after the Philistines.
Our victories although different from person to person help to encourage each other. So share your testimonies!!! Give God glory by celebrating with our friends!
Are you on one side the valley, looking face to face with your enemy? Does it seem like your fighting the same battles over and over and over? Only to climb up the same mountain once again or do you feel like your stuck in the valley?
Be inspired by David to have faith without reasoning. Act quickly. Don’t let the voice of doubt in. Do what needs to be done no matter how hard it seems like it will be.
Victory is on the other side of the valley. My victory isn’t going to look like yours or anyone elses. It will probably be in an unexpected way and or form.
Don’t wear the “wrong armor”. The way we fight has to be the way God leads us to fight.
This concludes my first study of an old testament battle. I hope you got as much out of it as I did. Please share in the comments any nuggets of wisdom you found. Encourage us with your testimony as well. Can’t wait to read them!!!
I pray you will face you battles head on, growing in your faith and confidence. Victory is yours in the name of the Lord!!!
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